Name: Crab Droid
Collection: The Clone Wars [Red]
Source: The Clone Wars (Season 1 Episode 8: Bombad Jedi)
Availability: July 2009
LM-432 crab droids are armored infantry units that easily move over rough ground. Their legs work independently of one another, allowing them to move with agility and speed as they track their targets and take aim with their blasters. Also known as Muckracker droids, they threaten Republic forces on many planets during the war.
The Crab Droid was a very interesting choice for The Clone Wars line if you ask us. Not very prevalent in the first season of The Clone Wars and not appearing in the film at all, it was one of the first releases in the newly resurrected Deluxe line. First appearing in the Bombad Jedi episode, it had a heavier and more aggressive appearance in the fan favorite The Zillo Beast storyline. Instantly, fans of the television show realized that the Crab Droid had an unprecedented “personality” for a Separatist droid. Despite their antics, they were an imposing force on the clones and Jedi and while they could be easily defeated, their size was alarming. Hasbro felt it was time to get the Crab Droid back into the Star Wars toy line and they essentially released it in the same fashion they did when it first came out. This Deluxe Crab Droid is a repaint of the 2005 ROTS Deluxe Crab Droid. Unbelievable! Nothing else new is added. The same action feature has been included and that is the launching of the missile from the chin gun. Aside from a different color, nothing else has changed.
We’re not sure why, however, that Hasbro hasn’t re-sculpted this character from scratch because it doesn’t fit into the format of the rest of the line. Hasbro has been upfront with us from the beginning when it comes to The Clone Wars line. The characters would be a hybrid of realistic and animation stylization when translated into action figures. Yet, no changes would be made to the vehicles since there aren’t too many visible differences aside from an occasionally skewed interpretation here and there. So we would determine the Crab Droid to be breaking Hasbro’s format. Perhaps Hasbro is considering this to be a small vehicle, but it’s a droid and we would prefer to see an all-new sculpt. Besides, it’s not accurate. The Crab Droids in The Clone Wars television show only have four legs. Since this is the same mold as the Revenge Of The Sith line, it has six legs. Granted, the legs are easy enough to pop off of it, but the body as well as the remaining legs should be that mixture of realism and animation. Due to its chunky size however, the Crab Droid thankfully blends in nicely with the rest of the figures in The Clone Wars line. It may be the slightest too big, but we could be off on our assessment.
Status: Crab Droid is a repaint of 2005's ROTS Crab Droid Deluxe figure.
Articulation Count: 7 points (7 areas of articulation)
Articulation Details: hinge-jointed left front leg (1), hinge-jointed right front leg (1), hinge-jointed left center leg (1), hinge-jointed right center leg (1), hinge-jointed left back leg (1), hinge-jointed right back leg (1), action feature lever (1)
Accessory Count: 2
Accessory Details: removable chin gun, projectile
Date Stamp: 2005
Assortment Number: 91362/91349
Retail: $15.99 USD
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